This looks like a brilliant step forward in digital learning. ABC will open up all its contemporary and archived content for use by students, and it’s all linked to the National Curriculum:

Teachers and students will be able to tap into the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s database of contemporary and archival content, transferred to digital form and linked to the national curriculum.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said on Thursday the portal would provide resources for free online tutorials and interactive learning activities using games, video, reading materials and quizzes.

It will be launched in the second half of 2012.